Football Manager 2023: Will the game have licenced leagues?

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Football Manager 2023 is set to come out later this year.

The game has not yet been announced but the franchise has continually followed an annual release schedule.

That has been the case since the release of Football Manager 2005, when the game split off from the Championship Manager franchise and rebranded completely.

And we can expect the game to eventually hit storefronts in November, with the beta coming two weeks prior, as has happened in all of the last three releases.

As ever, there is always a question over licences with Football Manager.

The game’s developers, Sports Interactive, do not quite have the financial clout of EA Sports, who make the FIFA series, so they do not have as many licenced leagues in the game.

Will FM23 have licenced leagues?

FM23 (Dexerto)


But not all of them!

The Premier League, for example, will not be licenced when FM23 comes out due to their exclusive licencing deal with the FIFA series.

In England, on FM22, the licences were as follows: Watford, the EFL (Championship, League One, League Two, Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy), and the National League (Vanarama National League, Vanarama National League North and Vanarama National League South).

The following licences also applied, per the official Football Manager website: Australia (Isuzu UTE A-League Men), Canada (Canadian Premier League), Croatia (GNK Dinamo Zagreb), Denmark (3F Superliga, NordicBet Liga, 2. Division), France (Ligue 1 Uber Eats, Ligue 2 BKT), Germany (Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga, Supercup, 3. Liga, DFB-Pokal), Gibraltar (Gibraltar National League, National Team), Italy (Atalanta, Bologna, Cagliari, Empoli, Fiorentina, Genoa, Internazionale, Lazio, AC Milan, Napoli, Roma, Salernitana, Sampdoria, Sassuolo, Spezia, Torino, Udinese, Hellas Verona, Benevento, Crotone, Lecce, Parma, SPAL), Latvia (Higher League), Netherlands (Eredivisie, Keuken Kampioen Divisie), Northern Ireland (Premiership, Lough41 Championship, Lough41 Intermediate League), Poland (PKO BP Ekstraklasa), Portugal (FC Porto, SL Benfica, Sporting CP), Scotland (cinch Scottish Premiership, cinch Scottish Championship, cinch Scottish League One, cinch Scottish League Two, Scottish League Cup, Scottish Challenge Cup), South Korea (K League 1, K League 2), USA (MLS), Wales (JD Cymru Premier, JD Cymru North, JD Cymru South, Cymru Cup, Cymru League Cup).

As a result, you can expect to see a wide variety of licenced leagues in FM23!

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